Updated: San Antonio man arrested for weekend shooting in downtown San Marcos

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2:45 p.m. update:

A San Antonio man was arrested Sunday after a shooting that wounded another man in downtown San Marcos Saturday night. The suspect is also charged with attempting to run over a San Marcos police officer as he fled the scene.
 
Martin Avila, III  was booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted capital murder, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos.
 
Warrants obtained by San Marcos Police Department detectives were served when Avila was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department at his home  Sunday at approximately 12:35 p.m. Avila's bond has been set at $500,000, and he  will be transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center later this week.
 
According to SMPD Commander Penny Dunn, Avila, his 18-year-old brother and a friend were involved in a disturbance with the victim and his two friends at a bar on LBJ Drive Saturday night.
 
According to Dunn, Avila went to his parked vehicle to retrieve a handgun and then confronted the victim and his friends on Hutchison Street across from Fire Station 1. Avila’s brother and friend stayed with the car after police say Avila retrieved the weapon and confronted the victim.
 
Witnesses said the suspect fired the handgun twice at 10:20 p.m., and one of the bullets grazed the victim’s right ear and right side of his head. Avila then fled the scene on foot, according to witnesses.
 
SMPD Officer Jesse Saavedra and Officer Darin Wilde of the University Police Department pursued Avila on foot.   Saavedra, a uniformed officer, repeatedly told Avila he was a police officer and to stop.
 
Dunn says Avila disregarded Saavedra’s order and told his brother and friend to get in the car. Police say Avila and his brother entered the car and attempted to strike Saavedra at high speed as they fled.
 
Saavedra jumped over a concrete construction barrier to avoid being hit and fired one shot from his service weapon, striking the car.
 
 Saavedra was not injured during the incident. He was put on administrative leave for the initial stages of the investigation.
 
The victim was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.
 
Police continue to investigate the incidents.

12:30 a.m. update:

A University Police Deparment timely warning disseminated at 12:27 a.m. states Texas State police received reports of shots fired off-campus at the 100 block of Hutchison Street in San Marcos at approximately 10 p.m. A non-student received minor injuries and was released at the scene.

A suspect vehicle is described as a "small, gray four-door vehicle." There is no suspect information at this time and an investigation is currently underway by the San Marcos Police Department, the warning states.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact SMPD at 512-753-2108.

12:27 a.m.:

Several streets in downtown San Marcos are closed as police investigate a shooting that reportedly occurred sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Members of the San Marcos Police Department said they could not disclose any information on the case at the time, but a “timely warning” would be released soon.

Employees and patrons of local businesses in the area relayed varying accounts of the incident.

Bryan, a Mystic Marks Tattoo employee who declined to give his last name, said he was outside the shop on North LBJ Drive when he saw a group of men engaged in a verbal confrontation in front of the Domino’s on North Guadalupe Street. He said one of the men went to his vehicle and withdrew a gun, which he shot three times.

The Mystic Marks employee said he could not see how many men were involved in the confrontation, but saw one of them run in the direction of Italian Garden on North LBJ Drive and enter a car. The employee said SMPD attempted to stop the car, and fired one shot “in the direction” of the vehicle when it failed to stop. He said he did not think the shot hit the vehicle.

The Mystic Marks employee said police made several businesses in the area close as they blocked off the surrounding streets to investigate.

Courtney Eberhard, environmental studies sophomore, said she was with her friends at Chipotle on North LBJ Drive when she heard three gunshots. Eberhard said she believes the victim ran in the direction of Italian Garden, where several police cars and ambulance cars arrived.

“From what I could hear, I think (the shooting) happened at Louie’s Oyster Bar and moved further west down Hutchinson,” Eberhard said.

Eberhard said she believed a bullet had grazed the victim’s ear, while a Chipotle employee said the victim’s face had been grazed.

Updates to come as more information becomes available.

Sports Editor Odus Evbagharu contributed to this report.